The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating an automobile accident this morning. The accident occurred on I-485 in Charlotte where 7 people were hospitalized with injuries including an infant. The Charlotte Observer reports all of the injured were ejected from the vehicle with the exception of the infant who was in a car seat.
This type of accident highlights the importance of wearing seatbelts to avoid the risk of death and serious personal injury. Published reports show people who are ejected form the vehicle are 25% more likely to be killed in an accident. In addition, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), lap-shoulder belt systems reduce the risk of fatality and serious injury by 50% for drivers and passengers. Despite efforts to publicize the need for seatbelt use millions of Americans take to the roads each day without wearing seat belts and the results can be catastrophic